Lee County VCB presents Holaway with annual Junonia Award
The Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau presented its annual Junonia Award to Capt. Brian Holaway during its annual meeting on Nov. 15 at The Westin Cape Coral at Marina Village.
“Our 2018 junonia recipient is humble, quiet and focuses on telling the story of our exquisitely natural county through visual, historical and common sense messages,” VCB Executive Director Tamara Pigott said. “He is ever in the moment, no matter where he is. That is rare – just like a junonia.”
A Florida Master Naturalist, Holaway worked in Hawaii and Jamaica before moving to Lee County in 1994. From swim instructor to hauling beach chairs and umbrellas, he has always worked on the water. He obtained his U.S. Coast Guard’s captain’s license in 1995 and piloted a shelling boat for the South Seas Island Resort and Captiva Cruises.
A natural storyteller, he helped create the first interpretive trail at the Randell Research Center on Pine Island and is a volunteer member of Friends of Cayo Costa State Park. He now offers private small boat charters, exploring the coastline as a shelling, nature and history guide. He also shares nature talks on his weekly “Wildlife Wednesday” Facebook videos.
Created in 2006, the Junonia Award recognizes individuals who have positively impacted the local tourism community by demonstrating unique capabilities, leadership, commitment and dedication.